The EXERCISE SCIENCE program is designed to prepare students for careers in personal and corporate wellness and fitness. Students enrolled in the exercise science major learn how to demonstrate proficiency in the acquisition and utilization of clinical skills/motor skills pertaining to the care of the physically active population. Exercise science students also take more courses in the sciences to help them prepare for possible future graduate school study. Students who complete the Exercise Science program are prepared to pursue certifications as an ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist (ACSM EP-C; offered by the American College of Sports Medicine [ACSM]) and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS; offered by the National Strength and Conditioning Association [NSCA]).
The Exercise Science major assists in preparing students to enter a multitude of health- related careers including cardiac rehabilitation, pulmonary rehabilitation, physical therapy, corporate fitness/wellness, and strength and conditioning. This program also provides preparation for those interested in the fitness industry. Training for specific age groups such as elderly and young children are included along with traditional populations. The graduate will develop a sound science background with communication and writing skills necessary to apply the knowledge to practical hands-on situations. The program also prepares students who are interested in post-graduate study in Exercise Sciences and serves as an option for students interested in completing the prerequisites for admission into a variety of professional programs. The program in Exercise Science is designed to give students experiences which will prepare them to pursue certifications as an ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist (ACSM EP-C) offered by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) offered by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
Career Opportunities for Exercise Science majors
Group exercise instructor
Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation specialist
Dietitian and sport nutritionist
Employee fitness director
Worksite Health Promotion coordinator
Strength and conditioning coach
An exercise science degree may be used as stepping stone for graduate education in the pursuit of the following occupations:
- Medical doctor
- Physical therapist
- Occupational therapist
- Physician Assistant
Recent graduates from the Exercise Science program:
- Desiree’ Driver (Basketball, Class of 2011) graduated with a Master’s degree in Parks, Recreation, Tourism, & Sports Management from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC in May 2016. She currently works as the NC Wesleyan Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach and the Director of Intramural Sports & Recreation.
- S. Leanna Fann (Softball, Class of 2014) is pursuing a doctorate degree in Physical Therapy (DPT) at Campbell University in Buies Creek, NC.
- Michael S. DeVinney (Baseball, Class of 2014) graduated with a Master’s degree in Sports and Exercise Science from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL. in May of 2016.
- Will G. Beasley (Baseball, Class of 2014) graduated with a Master’s degree in Exercise Science from the University of West Florida in Pensacola, FL. in May 2016.
- Alexis R. Rodriguez (Baseball, Class of 2014) graduated with a Master’s degree in Exercise Science from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. In May 2016.
- Chris “Chad” Womble (Baseball, Class of 2011) is pursuing a doctorate degree in Physical Therapy (DPT) at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC.
- Sharise Jones (Class of 2012) is pursuing a Masters of Occupational Therapy (MOT) degree at Howard University in Washington, DC.
- Dani Abbey (Softball, Class of 2013) graduated with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA in May of 2015.
- Rebekkah Cain (Class of 2013) works as recreational therapist in Oklahoma City, OK.
- Chelsea Laurens (Soccer, Class of 2014) will begin work on a Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) at Old Dominion University in the Fall of 2016.
- Vanessa Batchelor (Soccer, Class of 2016) will begin work on a Master’s degree in Exercise Science at the University of North Carolina at Greensborough (UNCG) in the Fall of 2016.
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